Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Tunisia will look to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mali when they take on Equatorial Guinea in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign. Tunisia boss Mondher Kebaier has named just four home-based footballers in his 26-man squad, meaning that the hosts are going to take Friday’s qualifier seriously. Experienced St Etienne attacker Wahbi Khazri is still considered the team’s biggest star, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Two English-based players Hannibal Mehbril and Mar Rekik made the cut as well. Sassuolo midfielder Pedro Obiang, on the other hand, will be the man to keep an eye on in the away team. Anyhow, we are tempted to put our money on Tunisia, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
Highlighted Player (Ellyes Skhiri):
After spending his youth career at Montpellier, Ellyes Skhiri continued playing for la Paillade at senior level. In 2019 he moved to Bundesliga side Koln, signing a four-year contract with the Billy Goats. Shkiri was born in Lunel, France on May 10, 1995, but he has a dual citizenship as his parents are of Tunisia descent.
The Koln midfielder made debut with the Tunisian national team in a 1-0 win over Iran on March 23, 2018 and he represented Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia later that year. Ellyes Skhiri’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances at both right and centre back.
His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Koln until June 30, 2026. The Tunisia international made his Bundesliga debut on August 17, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and he scored his first ever goal in the German top flight in a 2-1 win over Freiburg on August 31, 2019.